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Please note that all our gardening courses are mainly classroom based and, for a variety of reasons, can only involve a small amount of practical gardening outside, depending on the topic. 

Courses 2023/24

For our new 2023/24 courses, see list below:


Oriental Gardens from around the World

Join us on an exciting tour of Oriental Gardens around the world and breathe in the magic of a different kind of garden. Explore the mystique, history and design principles of oriental gardens, which are filled with symbolism; they attempt to create a peaceful ambience, often through simplicity of design, avoidance of an excessive variety of materials, and limiting the number of plants. Oriental gardens strive to create harmony and balance, by imitating nature but rarely through the use of symmetry in the design.  Natural components such as rock, water, timber and sand or gravel are important, but may often be used in a stylised or symbolic way.

Thursdays 10am to 12noon   Jason Loh

5 sessions from 29 February      £75/£45      GJL3             Stoke Lodge   

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Fridays 10am to 12noon        Jason Loh

5 sessions from 19 April            £75/£45      GJL4          Stoke Lodge     

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The Hidden History of Horticulture

A look at some of the women and men who shaped our gardens and the plants they made popular. A little garden history from a horticultural perspective.

NEW  Tuesdays 10am to 12.30pm     Christine Pritchard

3 sessions on 12, 19 and 26 March      £60/£36         GCP14     Stoke Lodge   

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Seasonal Gardening: Make the best of your garden in time for Summer

One in a series of short day-courses designed to make every gardening season special by anticipating what can be done now and how.

Friday  10am to 3pm   Christine Pritchard

1 session on 12th April  £40/£24  GCP7   Stoke Lodge

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Garden Style courses

A series of short one-day courses designed to give you more detailed information and ideas about specific aspects of garden styles.

Garden Styles: Cottage Gardens

Focusing on cottage gardens we will look at both design and planting.

Friday 10am to 3pm   Christine Pritchard

1 session on 15 March        £40/£24         GCP8     Stoke Lodge   

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Garden Styles: Ponds and water features

Focusing on ponds and water features we will look at both design and pond planting.

Friday 10am to 3pm   Christine Pritchard

1 session on 22 March        £40/£24         GCP9           Stoke Lodge   

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Garden Styles: Woodland gardens

Focusing on woodland gardens we will look at both design and planting from scratch or using existing planting.

Friday 10am to 3pm   Christine Pritchard

1 session on 19 April       £40/£24                 GCP10         Stoke Lodge   

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Garden Styles: Front gardens

Focusing on the front garden we will look at both design and planting

Friday 10am to 3pm   Christine Pritchard

1 session on 26 April        £40/£24                  GCP11        Stoke Lodge

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Garden Styles: The Cutting garden

Focusing on flowers for cutting we have an opportunity to look at both border design and plant selection.

Friday 10am to 3pm   Christine Pritchard

1 session on 3 May     £40/£24         GCP12       Stoke Lodge   

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Garden Styles: Naturalistic planting

Focusing on new ways to use plants for informal, wildlife friendly gardening with the emphasis on low maintenance.

Friday 10am to 3pm   Christine Pritchard

1 session on 10 May        £40/£24         GCP13           Stoke Lodge   

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